When Pigs Fly: Our Therapy Guinea Pig

when pigs flyI have had a number of different animals as pets.  Bunnies, hamsters, cats, dogs, fish…well…a lot of different pets.  But nothing has come as close to my heart, as our pet guinea pig.  Not even the adorable, fluffy, long eared bunnies (all 11 of them!).

Our family has been going through a period of great challenge and change.  I thought a friendly, furry pal may help my kiddos during this trying season.  Boy, was that an understatement!  Our pet guinea pig, Oreo, has been a lifesaver.  He is sweet, social, gentle, friendly, and always there to listen.  Whether my young kiddos want to read him a story or share with him their deepest, darkest secrets; he is there.

Over the past 8 months Oreo has been a part of our family, I have joked that he is our “therapy guinea pig.”  I am no longer joking when I say that.  Oreo is our therapy guinea pig.  He is helping my kiddos and me cope during an extremely challenging time, he continues to help my son with autism socially and emotionally, and he listens and offers encouragement (with squeaks, squeals, and whistles) to my daughter with a speech impairment.  I will continue to bring my kiddos to their therapy appointments and reading programs with therapy dogs, but I am a firm believer that guinea pigs can offer similiar support, comfort, and therapy that most (if not all) of us need.  Pigs can fly.

Some of our top picks for children’s books about guinea pigs include:

Guinea Pigs Owner Handbook: The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Guinea Pig Care and Facts

I Love Guinea Pigs: Read and Wonder

Guinea Pigs (Nature’s Children)

Stink and the Great Guinea Pig Express

Guinea Pigs (Animal Planet® Pet Care Library)

Charlie and Lola: I Completely Know About Guinea Pigs

 

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12 thoughts on “When Pigs Fly: Our Therapy Guinea Pig

  1. Guinea Pigs make the greatest pets. They are low maintenance, social and
    Very lap friendly. Although my children have no physical challenges, they love to take ” Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup” out of his cage and play. Guinea Pigs are perfect for a child wanting a pet, but not one that is much work. With or without a disability, they allow your children to learn responsibility for some(thing) other than themselves and make wonderful play mates.

    1. Thank you for your comment, Mrs. Verdone. I’m sure your girls love Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup!! You should bring him in to your classroom for a visit with your students. I bet they would love it!! 🙂

  2. I love guinea pigs too! My kids had several when they were growing up and just loved how they ‘talked’ to us! I’m so glad Oreo is helping your family through a rough time. He will always hold a special place in your hearts. God bless your family!

  3. What a great idea! I should share this post with some of my friends who are parents of autistic children.
    Thanks for linking up at the #homemattersparty. We’re glad to have you.

  4. I loved reading about your sweet guinea pig and how he helps your family. Our dog Oakley is like that, she is always willing to snuggle, she really seems to listen to my girls talking to her, when we need cheering up she is always there. I hope your challenging time ends soon and until then your guinea pig keeps helping.

    Thanks for linking up at the bloggers brags party. I’ve pinned your post to our group board. I hope to see you again next week.

    1. Thank you, homecraftsbyali for your kind words. I am happy to hear that Oakley gives your girls snuggles and loving also. Thank you for pinning and sharing. 🙂

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